Master's Programme in Quantum Technology

Academic year 2023/2024

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The Master's Programme in Quantum Technology will prepare you to be a part of the new quantum revolution. You will develop expertise in quantum phenomena and how they are used in the most recent technologies based on optical, electronic and magnetic phenomena. Uppsala University offers you an international environment with leading experts, cutting-edge research, and contacts with the industry.

Why this programme?

Important parts of modern technology apply physics on a scale where quantum effects are central. The Master's Programme in Quantum Technology will give you knowledge about the quantum mechanical laws that explain these effects in light and matter, and an insight into the technological leaps now taking place. This programme will also allow you to look ahead towards how one can control individual atoms, electrons, and photons, and their applications. This development is often called "the second quantum revolution". Interests from industry range from the implementation of completely secure encryption to exponentially improving performance in high-intensity calculations in telecommunications, logistics, or modelling of chemical processes for medicine development. In fact, the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for work that cleared the way for quantum technology.

Uppsala University is at the forefront of many of these ongoing developments. As a student you will be exposed to state-of-the-art laboratories for fabrication and measurements of quantum phenomena, the know-how of nanodevices and low-dimensional materials, computing, and modelling facilities, all in an international research environment.

The subject is interdisciplinary in the borderland between physics and technology. This will provide you with the flexibility to work at different companies, as well as to join the most advanced research groups in top-ranked universities and research institutes.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in quantum technology,
  • explore advanced research laboratories in the field,
  • get personal contacts with frontline researchers in the field, helping you prepare for your future career,
  • opportunity to develop contacts in Swedish and European industry.

Student profile

You have completed your Bachelor's studies with a good foundation in physics, which could also contain engineering or materials. You have good English skills, an analytical mind, and can express your thoughts in both writing and speaking. As a student, you are motivated and willing to take the responsibility needed to complete your studies. You are curious, and enjoy problem-solving and interacting with people from all over the world.

Degree

The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Quantum Technology as the main field of study.

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Name: Håkan Rensmo, Professor

What do you work with? 
I am a Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. My research focuses on understanding light-matter interaction and how energy transfers among photons, atoms, and electrons in matter.

Why is this programme starting?
This master programme has been largely developed in a collaboration between teachers and researchers in physics and engineering to provide students with exciting opportunities at the frontiers of interdisciplinary quantum technologies.

We wanted to create a programme that allows students to select from a wide range of subjects. This encompasses developments in for example optoelectronics, information technology, nanotechnology, sustainable energy systems and instrumentation. It also includes future outlooks on how control of quantum phenomena and quantum materials can be utilized in quantum computers and quantum information. The programme thus spans diverse areas in the discipline allowing students with different backgrounds to meet and develop interdisciplinary thinking, including the integration with the popular Engineering Physics programme at Uppsala University.

What will be taught in the programme?
A simple answer is quantum physics; how to control individual atoms, electrons and spin, and how to implement quantum phenomena for applications in electronics, optics, information storage, and computing. The programme design specifically utilizes the current research activities at Uppsala University to give students exposure to frontline experimental and theoretical activities, as well as to develop their international connections. The studies allow both experimental work at state-of-the-art infrastructures and the use of advanced computing facilities with opportunities to do a Master thesis project in a range of different areas of cutting-edge research.

What do you think of the labour market for the graduates of the programme?
A Master’s degree in Quantum Technology from Uppsala University gives a multitude of opportunities to take part of an international labour market in companies with activities in e.g. electronics, optics, materials and energy research, quantum technologies, and specifically work including R&D (Research and Development). The programme is also a great starting point for a Ph.D. degree. The programme collaborates with representatives from companies and continuously follow such development to best prepare our talent for the future labour market.

Do you have any advice for those who are thinking about applying to the programme? 
Allow yourself to dive into this exciting programme and explore a range of different interdisciplinary areas, crossing the border between quantum physics and technology. Pursue your own interests in this scientific field and connect to many different researchers for your future career. If you want to explore mature technologies and how to apply them, you can do that, if you dream to solve new complex problems that require deeper theoretical knowledge, you can also do that.

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Programme

Quantum technology is by nature an interdisciplinary subject with physics and technology. In this programme, you can choose different directions and mix future opportunities with technology that is already developed and used today.

In the first semester, you will gain a broad knowledge of quantum physics and technology. These initial courses ensure that all students share a common foundation of knowledge and allow you to understand the different choices of courses available within the Master's programme.

The second and third semesters contain the possibility to select a range of different courses. This includes more fundamental quantum physics, courses towards applied quantum technology, and quantum materials, as well as courses that specifically target the most novel implementation of quantum technology.

The programme ends with a 30-45 credits project where a minimum of 30 credits is devoted to the degree project.

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Courses within the programme

See the outline for courses within the programme.

Learning experience

The courses alternate theory and practice, and the teaching takes place in the form of lectures, laboratory work, lessons, seminars, and interdisciplinary projects, including student-active teaching methods. The examination forms vary between different courses.

The teachers in the programme are active researchers in the field, which guarantees timeliness and depth of your education. You will participate in study visits and get opportunities to create a network of student colleagues, people from the industry, and people from leading research groups. You will also meet guest lecturers with experience in applied technology development and industry contacts beyond the university.

We put great importance on training you in a scientific way of working, where you can solve problems, think critically and analytically, and independently plan and design research projects. In this process, analysis and interpretation of results are an important part.

You will receive systematic communication training in both oral and written presentations as an integral part of the education. This is in high demand in the labour market, both in Sweden and internationally.

The programme is taught in English.

Career

The opportunities for different choices through the programme give you access to a broad labour market in an area that requires in-depth technological and theoretical knowledge for the development of a company's products. You can work at businesses that develop information technology, means to improve energy supply systems, or target other environmental challenges, both at established larger companies, research-intensive companies or start-ups.

In electronics, magnetism, and optoelectronics there is a constant development of semiconductor technology, measurement technology, photo and video technology, LED and OLED, and photovoltaics. Many new areas which process photons and electrons are located in the borderland between optics, solid state physics, and electronics. The programme will provide you with the set of skills needed to be a part of this development, with job opportunities all over the world.

In the field of quantum computer development, intensive efforts already exist at several large companies such as Microsoft, Google, INTEL, and IBM, as well as at various research centres in Europe.

You can choose to pursue PhD studies after the programme, either at Uppsala University or at other Swedish or foreign universities. Upon completion of a PhD degree, you may choose to continue to research inside academia, but you will also be an attractive candidate for many positions in the labour market.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.

Admissions

Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. Besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose (1 page).

Master's Programme in Quantum Technology

120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M1370 Application

Language of instruction: English

Requirements:

Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Also required is:

  • 75 credits in physics and engineering, of which at least 50 credits in physics including 10 credits in quantum physics;
  • 40 credits in mathematics;
  • 10 credits in scientific computing and computer programming, of which at least 5 credits scientific computing;

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose.

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290,000

Contact and further resources

Contact

Programme coordinator

QuantTechCoordinator@physics.uu.se

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

masterprogrammes@uu.se

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Box 516, 751 20 UPPSALA

Last modified: 2022-10-27